We're THRILLED to be back for another season, and in 2021 we're throwing open the doors to more genres

of brilliant web work. If you're a web series creator, welcome! If you're a podcaster, short film, or pilot maker,

we've got brand new categories for you to submit to, and we'd love to have you.


Click the FilmFreeway submission button below!



Best Comedy (International and Australian)
Best Drama
Best Documentary
Best Student Series
Best Kids Series
Best Animated Series
Best Pilot
Best Podcast
Best Short Film (International & Australian)

SWF Award for Best Series*
SWF Award for Diversity**
SWF Michael Ajakwe Award for Innovation***

Best Director
Best Screenplay - Comedy
Best Screenplay - Drama
Best Editing
Best Actor - Female
Best Actor - Male
Best Supporting Actor - Female
Best Supporting Actor - Male
Best Ensemble
Best Original Score
Best Sound Design
Best Visual/Special Effects
Best Animation

* Qualifying series must have womxn in at least three key creative roles (Lead Female Actor,Director, Producer, Writer, Cinematographer, Composer, Editor)

** Qualifying series must have an LGBTQIA+ focus and/or pass the Vito Russo test.

*** This award is in honour of the creator of web series festivals as we know them. As the founder of LA Web Fest, Michael paved the way for festivals like ours, and this award celebrates innovation and courage in filmmaking.


Early Bird: April 3rd 2021

Regular Deadline: August 10th 2021

Late Deadline: August 30th 2021

Notification Date: September 1st 2021

Festival Date: October 2nd 2021